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Gurung chucks 'Gorkhaland', demand 'doosra'

Addressing media persons Gurung said the GJM would stop demanding for Gorkhaland and would demand for ‘something else’ at the appropriate time.

kolkata Updated: Aug 28, 2013 12:59 IST
Amitava Bannerjee
Amitava Bannerjee
Hindustan Times
Bimal Gurung,Gorkha Janmukti Morcha,Gorkhaland

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung bowled a ‘doosra’ on Tuesday.

Addressing media persons Gurung said the GJM would stop demanding for Gorkhaland and would demand for ‘something else’ at the appropriate time.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri also departed for Delhi on Tuesday on “some other business.”

Speaking on the sidelines of a students’ rally in Darjeeling, Gurung said, “Aab Gorkhaland hum looh nahi mangenggey. Aur kuch mangenggey. Samay aney parbatainengey. Abhi Gorkhaland nehi hoga.” (We will not ask for Gorkhaland now.

We will ask for something else.

When the time comes we will reveal what we want. Gorkhaland will not be created now.) Exactly one month has passed since the GJM’s heightened agitation for Gorkhaland.

The hills were rife with speculations over Gurung’s ‘Doosra.’ Some claimed that he could be hinting at a merger with Sikkim (as the GJM have been constantly claiming that the present Darjeeling Hills originally belonged to Sikkim and Bhutan.) Others were of the opinion that Gurung could go in for a union territory.

The GJM president was reacting to the Centre’s indifferent attitude towards the ongoing crisis in the Hills.

“Central government needs to display a positive attitude towards Darjeeling. The state government had written to the Centre demanding that it should not intervene. However, it has to intervene. This issue has nothing to do with the state. This land did not ever belong to Bengal,” said Gurung.

Political pundits also state that the ‘doosra’ could be a pressure tactics to attract Centre’s attention. Despite having summoned the Bodo People’s Front, Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State for Karbi Anglong and Cooch-Rajbanshi Students’ Union for Kamtapur to New Delhi for talks, the Centre has avoided inviting the GJM spearheading the demand of Gorkhaland.

When Giri was quizzed as to whether he was in Delhi to meet central leaders or whether the government had summoned him, he remained sketchy. “I am here on some other business,” Giri said.

Meanwhile, the GJM core committee will be meeting central committee members, frontal organisations and the Gorkhaland Study Forum on Wednesday.

.“We will review the past one month of agitation and will also chart our future course,” said Gurung.

The GJM president did not fail to add that the agitation would be intensified with frontal organisations of the party launching independent political programmes.

Speculations are that the GJM will exempt education from future political programmes.

Hill schools have been shut down for the past one-month and school students were out on the streets agitating for Gorkhaland from Tuesday.

Gurung categorically stated that the GTA is redundant thereby casting a shadow on the scheduled Sabha meeting on September 4 to elect a new chief.

Talking stock of the past one month, he said, “Success and failure are all part of the agitations. Sometimes one succeeds and sometimes one fails. The important thing is to carry on.”

First Published: Aug 28, 2013 11:58 IST